An Extension led partnership of land-grant colleges and universities

The North Central Region Water Network is a 12-state collaboration between extension water professionals and university, federal, state, NGO, and industry partners who are working together to ensure safe and sufficient water supplies and sustainable, resilient communities. Together we are able to pool our resources and coordinate our efforts to tackle issues like water allocation, hypoxic zones and non-point source pollution. We are enhancing connectivity and learning, developing and implementing outreach and education efforts, and coordinating initiatives with measurable environmental and social impacts.

We are built upon decades of USDA-funded water programming in the Great Lakes and Heartland regions, and North and South Dakota. Our relationships are anchored by a core team of Extension state water representatives and Extension Directors throughout the region. Learn More.

Priority Areas

Nutrient and manure managementNorth Central Region Water Network partner map

Sustainable water supply

Watershed management

Climate change & adaptation

Soil health

Land use and development practices

Youth water literacy and stewardship

Aquatic invasive species prevention and management

The Current Webinar Series

The Current webinar series is a speed networking event designed for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research and conservation activities. Connect with our network without taking too much time out of your crowded calendar.

Upcoming Webinar:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2PM CST/3PM EST: Water Use Efficiency

More information coming soon!


Most Recent Webinar: 

March 14th, 2018: Evaluating Outreach Programs: Topics and Trends
Whether you’re leading outreach and leadership programs or technological programming and support, evaluation is key to understanding impact and cultivating improvement. This month’s The Current webinar reviewed successful mixed methods evaluation techniques that integrate participants and community stakeholders to better meet audience needs.

  • Amber Saylor Mase, University of Wisconsin-Extension: Evaluating Wisconsin’s Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast (RRAF)- Decision support for manure application in “America’s Dairyland”
  • Scott Chazdon, University of Minnesota Extension: Documenting the Impacts of Collaborative Efforts: Ripple Effects Mapping

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